Global maps of travel time to healthcare facilities

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-020-1059-1

Access to healthcare is a requirement for human well-being that is constrained by the allocation of healthcare resources relative to the geographically dispersed human population. The maps highlight an additional vulnerability faced by poorer individuals in remote areas and provide an evidence base for efficiently distributing limited healthcare and transportation resources to underserved populations.

This project harnessed major data collection efforts underway by open-resources such as OpenStreetMap, Google Maps and academic researchers to compile the collection of facility locations.

It finds that dishearteningly 8.9% of the global population (646 million people) cannot reach healthcare within one hour if they have access to motorized transport, and that 43.3% (3.16 billion people) cannot reach a healthcare facility by foot within one hour.

Global map of travel time to healthcare facilities

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